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The Elders chairman and former UN secretary general Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan to Chamisa: Don’t complicate election process; stop making unreasonable demands

By Staff Reporter OPPOSITION demands must be reasonable, or they become an impediment to the electoral process, former UN secretary general Kofi Annan has said. Chairman of The Elders Group, Annan was responding to questions from journalists at a press briefing in Harare at the end of marathon meetings with political leaders ahead of the country’s

MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa and President Emmerson Mnangagwa

Election too close to call: Poll puts Mnangagwa on 40%, Chamisa on 37%

By AFP PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has only a narrow lead over opposition leader Nelson Chamisa ahead of Zimbabwe’s landmark elections on July 30, according to a poll released on Friday. The Afrobarometer poll put Mnangagwa on 40% and Chamisa on 37% and said there was now a “reasonable possibility” the opposition champion could win after

MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa on Saturday

Chamisa repeats vow to rename Zimbabwe

By Staff Reporter MUTARE: MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has reiterated his determination rename the country to Great Zimbabwe. Chamisa is the opposition alliance’s presidential elections for elections scheduled for July 30. Addressing thousands of party supporters at Sakubva Stadium Saturday, Chamisa said the country’s name has been ruined by the ruling Zanu PF party.

ZEC chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba

Scandal over leaked data hits election

By Associated Press HARARE: A scandal over leaked data has hit the crunch July 30 election after the ruling party sent personalised, unsolicited campaign messages to potential voters’ mobile phones. The opposition says thousands of supporters reported receiving the messages. “Zanu-PF has been caught with its hands in the cookie jar. There is no legal

The players slept outside after complaining about the accommodation

Outrage over Zim rugby treatment in Tunisia; players forced to sleep in the streets after being detained 7-hours at airport

By Sports Reporter RUGBY Africa, the administrative body for rugby union on the continent has been forced to issue a public apology after Zimbabweans expressed outrage for the appalling treatment of the senior national rugby team by their Tunisian counterparts on Monday. The Sables are in the North African country this week where they will

MDC Alliance national spokesman Prof Welshman Ncube

Tensions simmer as crunch vote nears; opposition wary of ‘pro-ruling party’ ZEC

ZIMBABWE’S political parties are trudging along towards the July 30 elections to choose a new administration, although there is simmering tension over state media bias, the role of the military and disgruntlement about the shortcomings by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), which opposition parties still feel could be deliberately undermining conditions for free and fair

Former finance minister Tendai Biti

BITI warns West: Don’t be fooled by Mnangagwa

By UK Bureau “Some world leaders seem to believe the charade that a new dawn has somehow arrived in Zimbabwe. It has not.” PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa did not seize power in coup and then, miraculously, become a reformer or a democrat overnight, former finance minister Tendai Biti has warned the West. In an opinion article

Health and child care minister David Parirenyatwa

BYO TERROR: Health minister confirms two dead; one in ICU with serious head injuries

By UK Bureau TWO people were confirmed dead Monday from injuries sustained in the explosion which rocked a rally addressed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Bulawayo Saturday. The first fatalities from the still unexplained blast were confirmed by authorities at Mpilo Central Hospital in the country’s second largest city. Health and child care minister David

Bulawayo rally explosion claims two lives; both VIP security aides

By Byo & Hre Correspondents TWO people died Monday from injuries sustained in the explosion which rocked a rally addressed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Bulawayo Saturday. The first fatalities from the still unexplained blast were confirmed by authorities at Mpilo Central Hospital in the country’s second largest city. “I can confirm that two male

President Emmerson Mnangagwa

BYO BLAST: Mnangagwa calls assassination attempt ‘cowardly act’

By Associated Press and Own Staff HARARE:President Emmerson Mnangagwa was unscathed Saturday by an explosion at his Bulawayo campaign rally that state media called an attempt to assassinate him, later visiting his two injured vice presidents and declaring the “cowardly act” will not disrupt next month’s historic elections. Dramatic footage showed a smiling Mnangagwa walking

NOMINATION Court: Mnangagwa, Chamisa, Mujuru and Khupe file papers

By Agencies HARARE: ZANU PF’S military-backed president and his youthful opposition rival have registered for July 30 elections, the first without former leader Robert Mugabe’s participation. President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the 75-year-old former Mugabe ally who took power with the military’s help in November, faces a stern challenge from Nelson Chamisa, a 40-year-old who has energized

Zimbabwe Warriors beat Zambia in dramatic final to retain Cosafa Cup

By Staff Reporter & Agencies ZIMBABWE scored a dramatic last ditch equaliser to take the Cosafa Cup final into extra time and then saw Khama Billiat net twice to retain the southern African championship with a dramatic 4-2 victory over perennial foes Zambia in the final. Zambia were only seconds away from extracting revenge for

Charamba rubbishes US claims on July polls

By Xinhua THE government said Monday it has taken adequate executive measures to ensure free, fair and credible elections set for July 30 this year. It said this in response to recent claims by United States senator Chris Coons that President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration was making empty promises and deliberately delaying implementing key electoral reforms